Welcome to UroTuning’s Auto News! In this edition, we bring you the latest updates from the automotive world. From Porsche price increases to more info on the infamous Audi CEO situation, we've got you covered with all of the latest!
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Porsche's Profits Rise Despite Global Economic Slowdown
Luxury carmaker Porsche has reported a significant jump in its first-quarter earnings, despite a global economic slowdown. The company's performance has been so strong that it plans to combat higher costs by increasing prices by 4 to 8% in the second half of the year. Additionally, Porsche expects its base prices to be 10%-15% higher than their internal combustion counterparts. This is a bold strategy for the company, which is seeking to move further upmarket and compete with Ferrari. While this move may lead to fewer sales, Porsche's leadership believes that it will attract a more exclusive clientele that values quality and performance over price.
First Gran Turismo Movie Trailer Released
Gran Turismo, the popular racing video game franchise, is coming to the big screen. The first trailer for the Gran Turismo movie has been released, and it looks like it will be a thrilling ride for racing fans. The movie is inspired by the real-life story of Jann Mardenborough, a Gran Turismo player who became the youngest winner of GT Academy in 2011. The academy was a competition run by Nissan and Sony Interactive Entertainment from 2008-2016, where players had the opportunity to earn a real-life professional racing career with Nissan. The winners of the show have gone on to compete in high-profile events such as the 24 hours of Le Mans, the British GT Championships, and Formula E. The movie promises to be a celebration of both the game and the real-life racers who have made their name through it.
Former Audi CEO Ready to Confess Involvement in Dieselgate Scandal
Former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler is reportedly ready to confess his role in the infamous Dieselgate scandal. According to prosecutors, engines were manipulated so that during EPA testing, vehicles would comply with proper emission values, but while on the road, this was not the case. Stadler initially faced a 1.5 to 2-year prison sentence, but this would be suspended if he agreed to a confession as well as a 1.1 million euro payment ($1.21 million). Audi has declined to comment, stating that it was not party to the trial. However, this news has come as a shock to many, especially given the magnitude of the scandal and the potential long-term impacts on Audi's reputation. Only time will tell if the confession will lead to a full-scale investigation or other repercussions for Stadler or the company.
2024 Toyota Tacoma Confirmed to Have Manual Transmission
Good news for fans of manual transmissions! Toyota has confirmed that the 2024 Tacoma will feature a third pedal. While not many details have been revealed, Toyota has stated that the do-it-yourself transmission will feature six forward gears. This is a welcome development for drivers who prefer the feel and control of a manual transmission over an automatic. While manual transmissions have become less common in recent years, Toyota's decision to include one in its popular Tacoma model is a sign that there is still demand for this type of transmission.
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